Wireless message addressed to all. Special to the Peace Delegation in Brest-Litovsk

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 21 January 1918

First Published: 1929 Lenin Miscellany XVI
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 26, 1972, pp. 510

We are also extremely alarmed that the line is out of order[1] for which, we think, the Germans are to blame. The Kiev Rada has fallen. All power in the Ukraine is in the hands of the Soviet. The Kharkov Central Executive Committee holds undivided sway over the Ukraine; Bolshevik Kotsubinsky has been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the troops of the Ukrainian Republic. In Finland, the affairs of the bourgeois counter-revolutionaries are hopeless, and workers' resentment is running extremely high. At a congress in the village of Kamenskaya, the Don area, 46 Cossack regiments proclaimed themselves the government, and are fighting against Kaledin. There is great enthusiasm among Petrograd workers over the formation of a Soviet of Workers' Deputies in Berlin. There are rumours that Karl Liebknecht has been released and will soon head the German Government. Tomorrow's sitting of the Petrograd Soviet will discuss a message to the Berlin and Vienna Soviets of Workers.


  1. The reference is to a break in telegraph communications between Moscow and Brest-Litovsk due to German tampering.